Drill 7.6: Watch Ball Hey

To teach players to keep their eyes on the ball on each stroke and to call for the pass.


  1. Start drill with three groups at end of pool as indicated in diagram.
  2. Center man with ball dribbles and push passes to man on left or right, who immediately cuts and dribbles to center position while #1 man breaks in behind to take #2 man's former position. #2 man then passes to #3 man and drill continues down pool.

Variation: This drill can also be conducted in a straight line without cross breaks.

Drill 7.7: Double Wheel

To practice receiving ball "dry" from the center line then rear back and shoot.


  1. Arrange players as indicated in diagram (A).
  2. O1 breaks toward cage, at about the 4 yard line he rears back at same time receiving pass from O2 then shoots.
  3. O2 then breaks, to repeat same pattern, while O3 receives dry pass from O4 area, O3 then passes to O2 who shoots.
  4. Goalie passes balls alternately to the O4 and O5 areas after shot.


  1. Have center man make wet pass over breaking man who then executes a self toss and shot.
  2. Have 04 and 05 area men pass dry to X breakers who now roll to back to receive ball inside the 4 yard line before shooting.

Bill's Biography

Bill Anttila
Known nationally as one of the foremost authorities on water polo, Bill Anttila was inducted in the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame on January 17, 2004. He was involved in aquatics from 1947-1984. In 1948, Bill was responsible for the inauguration of the first community college water polo program in Northern California at Stockton College. Before that, Bill began the water polo program at the University of the Pacific in 1947. He coached the Pacific Tigers for 18 years with only one losing season and his 1956 team won the league championship with a 12-2 record. Bill was also the swimming coach at Stockton College, where he won 10 NCC championships and never had a losing season.

During his 38 years of coaching water polo, his teams won 10 Northern California Championships. In 1,099 games, Anttila compiled a 759-340 overall record {.691 winning percentage}. At the time of his retirement, Anttila was the winningest water polo coach in the United States. He had the satisfaction of coaching over 50 All-Americans. He has written a book titled Water Polo Drills and Playing Hints. Anttila was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1985. He was then inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. He is currently retired and resides in Stockton with his wife, Sisko, of 50 years.


The medal pictured above is the last solid gold Olympic medal which was given out at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in Sweden

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